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After 11 long months, I have finally returned to Israel from Rhode Island. While it’s good to be back, the road to getting here wasn’t as smooth as I would have liked. The first … more
My pandemic life has not gone as expected. As I write this at the end of August 2021, I’m thinking back to a year ago. I was in Israel, the place I’ve called home since 2007. While my … more
A month after making aliyah (immigrating) to Israel, I began working at Nefesh B’Nefesh, an organization that assists immigrants from North America and the United Kingdom. My first day on … more
When I lived in New York City, I worked on the fourth floor of Furst Hall, at Yeshiva University. One of the people who worked on the other side of the fourth floor of Furst Hall was Avi … more
Growing up, I never liked playing sports. Activities such as running and push-ups seemed like the only way I could keep in shape. And although these activities felt good, nothing I tried was really … more
In the more than 13 years that I have lived in Israel, I have tried not to repeat a topic in an article.  I last wrote about COVID-19 in September, but since then I’ve had some updates … more
Around 2005, when I was working as a college recruiter for Yeshiva University, most of the high school seniors I interviewed were planning to take a gap year to study in Israel. I usually asked them … more
What can I say about the last few months that hasn’t already been said? I think all I can do, as a columnist for Jewish Rhode Island, is to share my personal experiences as a Rhode Islander … more
Adapting to a new country and culture often means having to shed aspects of where you originally came from. It’s a personal choice. When it comes to holidays, I continue to embrace the … more
At Bar Ilan University, I learned a conflict resolution exercise that I have since used in group settings. You start by picking a divisive topic. The participants gather on different sides of the … more
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